Lincoln County High School hosted the Second Annual Tri-Lakes Band Directors’ Association Concert Festival on Friday and Saturday, March 1-2, kicking off “Music in Our Schools Month”.

Starting at 8 a.m., Friday and ending at 3 p.m., Saturday, multiple bands took the stage in the LCHS Rice Theater to be adjudicated, rated on their performance and to workshop with the renowned Dr. Nola Jones from Conn-Selmer Education.

“Everything ran very smoothly with the help of fantastic band parents and very hardworking and dedicated students,” said Johnathan Johnson, director of Lincoln County bands. “The bands at the event played very well, regardless of recent school closures due to weather and sickness.

“I would like to also give a ‘shout out’ to Fayetteville City High School band and Mr. Don Adams for lending us instruments for the festival as some of ours are not in the best condition,” he added.

“I would also like to thank both Jason Gospodarek and Wesley Brockman from TLBDA, who helped facilitate the event, and, of course, our Lincoln County Schools’ administration and staff for attending and supporting the event.”

Next year’s Concert Festival will from March 5-7.

“One of the many strengths of the Tri-Lakes Band Directors’ Association is a deeply held desire to make our children more successful musicians,” said Gospodarek, association president. “To that end, we provide these kids a venue through which they can perform a few pieces of music and receive feedback from an educated and highly esteemed third-party music educator, all with the goal of improving their character and musical skills. Work in a classroom setting is great, but true ability cannot be measured and improved without using the skills taught in a public, performance setting.”

Results of the TLBDA Concert Festival are as follows:

Lincoln County High School, director Johnathan Johnson, rating of I; Huntland, director Wesley Brockman, rating of II; South Lincoln School, director Mike Mynatt, rating of II; Highland Rim School, director Lorie Enloe, rating of II;

Fayetteville High School, director Don Adams, rating of I; Bridgeforth Middle, Minor Hill School and Elkton School, directors Jordan Gieski and Erinn Huckaby, comments only;

Unity School, director Elyssa Clayton, rating of I; Blanche School, director Ottie West, rating of II; Community Middle, director Denine Napper, rating of I; Moore County Jazz Band, director Jason Gospodarek, rating of I; North Middle Symphonic Band, director Paula Watts, rating of II;

South Middle School, director Joanne Hamer, rating of II; North Middle Concert Band, director Paula Watts, rating of II; and Lewisburg Middle School, director Amanda Box, N/A.


Music in Our Schools

March is “Music in Our Schools Month” (MiOSM), according to Johnson.

“I see no better way to start off our advocacy campaign than with an event like this,” Johnson said. “In honor of Music in our Schools Month, we ask that for the remainder of this month for you to express and show your support for our local school music programs. This can be as simple as sharing and posting encouragement through social media or contributing to the needs of a program.”

Currently, in our country, 3.8 million students go through their entire childhood without musical education, Johnson noted.

“On the 2012 SAT, students who participated in music scored an average of 31 points above average in reading, 23 points above average in math and 31 points above average in writing,” he said. “Currently, all of our county schools have access to quality music education for all; however, these program lack funding and are in need of resources to keep them going.

“If you feel compelled to help, please reach out to your local school community and educators.

“We believe Gerald Ford said it best when he spoke on the importance of music in our schools, saying ‘Music education opens doors that help children pass from school into the world around them ... The future of our nation depends on providing our children with a complete education that includes music’.”

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